I originally found my passion for helping others while being a "counselor" in a peer counseling program in junior high. Since then my passion has only increased and have now been in the mental health field for 10 years. I have been in private practice for 6 years and have previously worked in non-profit, county and crisis unit settings. I have a wide range of experience and training to help you with any struggles you or your family are facing. I strive to help others cope, heal and find the level of happiness and calm we all strive for.
I have always had a passion for working with teens. You can say I have the ability to speak teenager which has led to great success in helping teens as well as helping parents understand their teens. In the beginning of my career I found a unique passion in working with teens that have self harm behaviors. Self harm is a scary topic for most parents, rest assured that there are many techniques to help your teen through this.
I also greatly enjoy working with teens to help through any of the struggles that your teen years can bring. This ranging from anxiety, bullying, self esteem, body image, family conflict or helping them prepare for the "whats ifs" after high school.
For parents I have found that utilizing a therapist to help "translate" between you and your teen is extremely helpful. Although I focus on individual sessions with my teen clients, there is always a collaboration between myself and the parent to give you insight into what your teen is experiencing or needs.
Let's be real, adulting can be hard. Whether it's your first time living on your own or you're in your 30's or 50's. Life can throw you curve balls at any stage. I greatly enjoy working with adults to help in navigating any struggles you are having.
I have experience working with adult clients to help improve moods, managing anxiety, coping with loss or just being a sounding board for any tough decisions you are facing. I also have experiencing with assisting those wishing to explore identity issues, figuring out the right path in life or healing past traumas.
My passion to work with first responders came after hearing an officer's story about the heavy stigma and fear attached to going to therapy. I also come from a family of law enforcement officers and have witnessed the pressure these individuals face everyday. I have great respect for their need for privacy and thrive to provide a comfortable setting for them. I have experience helping those manage the stressors of the job, providing crisis debriefing to helping maintain a healthy work-life balance.
By being a first responder it means that you see and experience things that most don't. At times your brain will process these events well and sometimes it won't. There is no shame in the reality that you can't control how your mind or body will react to things. Please know that there are easy and simple ways to heal these events so they are no longer impact your moods, sleep or relationships.
I also have experience working with families of first responders to help in managing the fear for your loved one and how to maintain a healthy and supportive relationship.
I am trained in the following treatment models. For more information there is a link attached.
I have previously been a board member for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Sacramento Chapter. As well as the walk chair for the Redding Out of the Darkness Walk from 2014-2016.